Boston College's Andre Williams wasn't regarded among the top running backs in the Atlantic Coast Conference, let alone the nation, when the season started. Williams is beginning to receive mention as a Heisman Trophy candidate after he followed a 339-yard outburst against North Carolina State with 263 yards against Maryland on Saturday.
Boston College's Andre Williams shared carries in his first three seasons. He isn't sharing this season, and it has paid off with a 2,000-yard performance.
Heisman Trophy voters were emailed a ballot on Monday. It's not due back for two weeks. Good thing, because it's going to take some time to sort this out. A Heisman race that not long ago seemed well-defined has been muddled in so many ways.
Coming off a loss Saturday at LSU, 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel fell out of the top three for the first time this season and tied fast-rising Boston College running back Andre Williams for fourth place. Williams on Saturday became first player since 2008 to pass the 2,000-yard rushing mark in a single season.
Boston College's Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in yet another Eagles win. His performance against Maryland gives him 897 yards rushing over the last three weeks, 2,073 yards on the season and a nation's best 188.5 yards rushing per game. Williams posted the NCAA's second-best two-game stretch last week (634) and now has the all-time second-best three-game stretch in NCAA history behind only Barry Sanders (937). Sanders' NCAA single-season record of 2,628 yards isn't out of the question as Williams would need to keep this pace going at 287.5 over his last two games. He is the ACC's single-game and single-season rushing record holder.
It is going to be another attendance column because while we can't seem to agree what the main reason getting people to attend football games in this town can equate to getting blood from a stone is, we all can agree that an attendance mark of 21,000, 22,000 at an important football game is a bad look for Syracuse, NY as a sports town. In a twist of fate, we've all been given a chance to right that wrong on Saturday.
I have a crazy theory about this, Maybe the program is historically mediocre, and shares a venue with a much more popular and successful program that is highly ranked. I have no first-hand experience with this sort of thing, so it's just a total guess.
"It will be a hard-fought game that will probably come down to a field goal or an extra point or a special teams play," he said at his weekly press conference. "It will be that kind of game. Get yourself ready. I always tell the guys, get ready mentally and physically that we have to go win this thing in the last five minutes of the fourth quarter. They know that. We're prepared for that. It's how it's going to be. It's not going to be anything different than that. Why would it be?"
8. Boston College (7-4, 4-3; LW: No. 8): A bit of fortune helped Boston College beat Maryland on Saturday, along with a lot of Andre Williams. The senior running back has now topped 2,000 yards on the season, and folks across the nation are taking notice. Expect him to earn a few more votes in the ESPN.com Heisman Watch on Tuesday. BC now has a chance to win eight games for the first time since 2009.
Head women's soccer coach Alison Foley dicussed the NCAA Tournament success with wins over Nebraska and Illinois on the road at today's press conference. BC is now in the Elite Eight and will play at No. 3 FSU on Friday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m.